• Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5812

    Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Textiles

    6 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 27

    A GROUP OF NINE BRONZE FITTINGS, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER

    Price Realised  

    A GROUP OF NINE BRONZE FITTINGS, HAN DYNASTY (206 BC-AD 220) AND LATER
    comprising two similar pairs of gilt bronze fittings with Taotie masks; a gilt bronze belt hook cast with a coiled guei dragon and dragon head terminal; a further belt hook decorated with two confronting rams and snake head terminal; a dragon head cylindrical finial, with incised scale details; and a similar pair of ram head bronze finial -- The largest, 3in. (7.6cm.) high. (9)


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    Provenance

    First and Second: Acquired prior to 1978; Third and Fourth: Walther Dietrick Hoops Collection, Germany, 1968; Fifth: Acquired prior to 1978; Sixth: William Mayer Collection. C.T. Loo, New York. Frank Caro, New York, 1960; Seventh to Ninth: Acquired prior to 1978.


    Literature

    Third, Fourth, Sixth: Bunker, Emma C.; Kawami, Trudy S.; with Linduff, Katheryn M.; Ancient Bronzes of the Eastern Eurasian Steppes from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections. The Arthur M. Sackler Foundation, New York, 1997; pp. 107-108 and cat. no. 97.1, p. 181.